Nursing—Direct Entry, MS

Part I: Prelicensure

The direct-entry nursing student enters the accelerated master’s program as a graduate student. The first 16 months (four semesters) of the program consist of intensive, sequential classes and clinical with combined undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. Students are then prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) upon completion of 64 program semester hours. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) after this part of the program. Financial aid will be granted on an undergraduate basis during the prelicensure phase of the program.

RN Work Experience

Once a student becomes a licensed RN, they participate in an online professional practicum for two semesters. The minimum full-time RN experience required for progression into the NP clinical practicums is one to two years, depending on the track. Students may begin core courses such as epidemiology during the required one to two years of RN experience with approval from the program director. Finding RN employment is the responsibility of the student, as it is professional nursing experience. Northeastern will help support the student in preparation for the job search. A leave of absence (LOA) may be granted on an individual basis to gain more nursing experience before returning to the master’s portion of the program.

Part II: Return to Master’s Specialty Tracks

In the master’s specialty track, students are required to take professional and research core classes, clinical core, and specialty clinical courses. Full- or part-time academic study is available to students. Most students return to the master’s segment of the program, taking course work as a part-time student while continuing to work and increase the amount of RN professional experience. Full-time study, however, is also an option. Completion of the MSN can take four to six semesters depending on the student’s pace and specialty track. Upon completion of the required specialty area credits, the student receives a Master of Science degree and is eligible to take the national certification exam in their area of advanced specialty nursing practice. Financial aid is awarded on a graduate basis during this portion of the program.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

A grade of B or better in the BSN clinical courses is highly recommended for progression into the MSN portion of the program. Progression is at the graduate specialty director’s discretion.

A grade of B or better is required in graduate-level courses: Advanced Pharmacology (NRSG 5117), Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (NRSG 5126), and Health Informatics (NRSG 6306)

Required Core
NRSG 2210Influences on Health and Illness: A Nursing Perspective3
NRSG 4610Managing and Leading in Healthcare4
NRSG 5117Advanced Pharmacology2
NRSG 5126Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice3
NRSG 6306Health Informatics3
NRSG 2220
and NRSG 2221
Nursing Interventions, Assessment, and Community Care
and Lab for NRSG 2220
NRSG 3323
and NRSG 3324
Intermediate Interventions and Assessment
and Lab for NRSG 3323
Theory and Clinical
NRSG 3302
and NRSG 3303
Nursing with Women and Families
and Clinical for NRSG 3302
NRSG 3320
and NRSG 3321
Nursing Care of Adults 1
and Clinical for NRSG 3320
NRSG 3400
and NRSG 3401
Nursing and the Promotion of Mental Health
and Clinical for NRSG 3400
NRSG 3420
and NRSG 3421
Nursing Care of Adults 2
and Clinical for NRSG 3420
NRSG 4502
and NRSG 4503
Nursing Care of the Child
and Clinical for NRSG 4502
NRSG 4604
and NRSG 4605
Public Health Community Nursing
and Clinical for NRSG 4604
HLTH 5450Healthcare Research4
NRSG 4995Comprehensive Nursing Practicum5

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

64 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required